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5 dead after Indiana State Fair stage collapses

world Updated: Aug 15, 2011 18:49 IST

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Five people were killed and a dozen injured Saturday when a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform.

The Indianapolis Star newspaper and WTHR reported that strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Fans were trapped and injured in the incident, which occured before the band had taken the stage. Details on the conditions of those injured were not immediately known.

Emergency crews were called to the scene. Workers were setting up a command center to tend to those who were injured.

The Star reported that thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.

"It was like it was in slow motion," concert-goer Amy Weathers told the newspaper.

"You couldn't believe it was actually happening."

Those who were injured were being moved to a tunnel below the stage, the Star reported. A hole was being dug to try to reach those trapped beneath the rigging.